NBA New Orleans Pelicans News: With Jrue Holiday Back, Anthony Davis MVP Chances Gets Higher

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 11/25/16 12:50PM EST
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis scored 50 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, snatched 7 steals, and blocked 4 shots during season opener against the Denver Nuggets.(Photo : NBA/YouTube)

If the voting for NBA Most Valuable Player took place last week, New Orleans Pelicans power forward will not be included on the list even though he posted monstrous numbers. The reason - the Pelicans are not winning. With the return of Jrue Holiday on the roster, things definitely changed. Now, Davis' chance of winning the MVP plum gets higher and higher.

We cannot blame the 6'11" big guy for not being able to lift the Pelicans alone, he did what he could. Still, the Pelican dropped to 2-10. But since the return of Holiday, the tide has turned in favor for the New Orleans team.

Credit goes to Holiday who averaged 16.2 points and 7.0 assists during the first four games. Still, the biggest credit goes to Davis who scored 35+ in three of the last four games (Davis got injured during the game against Atlanta Hawks but still managed to score 13 points).

Shot after shot, Pelicans fans chant, "MVP! MVP!" And why will they not? Their superstar treats them with another MVP numbers: 45 points along with 10 rebounds. Tim Frazier, who took over the point guard chores during Holiday's absence, can only agree to what the fans believe.

"I'm amazed every time at the shots he makes and how he was able to do it with double teams and triple teams," Frazier said as posted on The Advocates. "It was an MVP performance."

Even Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter who is still sidelined with an injury believes their team captain has shown that he is a rightful MVP. In a reply from his official Twitter account, the 28-year-old small forward joined the fans in calling Davis an MVP.

Knocking at MVP Race's Door

For obvious reasons, Anthony Davis' name has not come out yet as one of the contenders for the MVP race even if his average comes second to OKC's Russell Westbrook. Why? Simply because having a 6-9 win-loss record will not even put even the best basketball player in the world.

Look at Westbrook, he is the league leader in scoring yet he is only at No. 7 spot as per Basketball-Reference MVP tracker. That's statistics - OKC has 8-8 win-loss card. If OKC drops below .500, he may even be removed from the list. Now that Holiday's back, Davis' chance surely got a boost. Wait until Tyreke Evans return in December.



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